Elizabeth Khaykin Cahoon, Ph.D., S.M., M.H.S., joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a postdoctoral fellow in July 2010. Dr. Cahoon received her master’s in biostatistics in 2005 and her Ph.D. in epidemiology in 2008, both from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her doctoral research involved examining patient safety in persons with serious mental illness. While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Cahoon also conducted a meta-analysis on secondhand smoking and cancer for the U.S. Surgeon General’s report on The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, contributed to writing of The International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization monograph on secondhand smoking and cancer, and researched the history of radon and cancer. Dr. Cahoon worked under the mentorship of Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S., Department of Epidemiology Professor and Chair, Gail Daumit, M.D., M.H.S., Associate Professor of Medicine, and William Eaton, Ph.D., Department of Mental Health Professor and Chair during her time at Hopkins. In REB, Dr. Cahoon works with her primary mentor D. Michal Freedman, J.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., epidemiologist, evaluating cancer risks associated with medication use, ultraviolet radiation, and vitamin D in the United States Radiologic Technologists cohort. Dr. Cahoon also works with Kiyohiko Mabuchi, M.D., Dr.P.H., Deputy Chief of REB, head of the Chernobyl Research Unit, and senior scientist, and Alina V. Brenner, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., staff scientist on assessment of risks of thyroid cancer and related diseases in cohorts of persons exposed to radiation as a result of the Chernobyl accident.
Lienard Chang joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a postbaccalaureate fellow in December 2013. Mr. Chang obtained his B.S. in nuclear engineering from Pennsylvania State University in May 2013 and M.S. in health physics from Georgetown University in March 2015. His master’s thesis focused on calculating organ dose conversion coefficients for reference pediatric phantoms in external photon radiation fields. Throughout his education and work experience, Mr. Chang has worked on projects involving: power plant design recommendations in response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident; boron and xenon concentrations as functions of nuclear power cycle burn-up; liquid scintillation counting in research of nicotine receptors; and MARSSIM-based decommissioning. In REB, he is working primarily with Choonsik Lee, Ph.D., investigator, and Steve Simon, Ph.D., staff scientist, and is focusing on projects regarding external and medical dosimetry. One major project involves estimating organ doses for pediatric computational phantoms exposed to external photon radiation fields in the event of radiological accidents or attacks.
Pavel Chernyavskiy, Ph.D., started his joint appointment in the Biostatistics Branch (BB) and Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a postdoctoral fellow in July 2015. He earned a B.S. in economics from SUNY Binghamton in 2007, and both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Nebraska in 2015. For his dissertation research, Dr. Chernyavskiy worked on developing methods for diagnosis and evaluation of traumatic brain injuries in college athletes based on a spatio-temporal model of electroencephalogram (EEG) data collected from the participants. In DCEG, Dr. Chernyavskiy is being jointly mentored by Mark Little, D.Phil., senior investigator, REB, and Philip Rosenberg, Ph.D., senior investigator, BB. In REB, he is currently working on large-scale spatial interpolation methods applied to modeling natural background gamma radiation and environmental radiation exposures as they relate to childhood and other cancers. In BB, he is working on extensions of the age-period-cohort (APC) model to account for various types of subgroup heterogeneities in cancer rates, e.g. heterogeneity due to race, cancer registry, and geographic location.
Megan Herr, Ph.D., joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a postdoctoral fellow in October 2015. She received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York in 2015. Her doctoral dissertation work was focused on antidepressant use and the risk of central nervous system metastasis. Dr. Herr’s research interests include the etiology of second cancers within the setting of hematologic malignancies. Dr. Herr will be working under the mentorship of Lindsay Morton, Ph.D., senior investigator, REB, on immune-related risk factors for second cancers.
Neige Journy, Ph.D., M.P.H, joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a postdoctoral fellow in March 2015. She received a master’s degree in public health from the Bordeaux School of Public Health, France, prior to completing an M.P.H in biostatistics and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Paris-Sud University in France. Her doctoral research focused on childhood cancer risks following CT scan exposures. This work was conducted at the French Institute for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection under the mentorship of Dr. Marie-Odile Bernier, M.D, M.P.H, and Dr. Dominique Laurier, Ph.D., both of the Laboratory of Epidemiology. In REB, she is involved in studies on cancer risk assessment after diagnostic and therapeutic medical exposures under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Berrington de González, D. Phil., REB Branch Chief.
Gleb Kuzmin, B.S., joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a predoctoral fellow in August 2015. Mr. Kuzmin received a B.S. in radiation physics from the University of Texas, Austin in May 2013. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering with a specialization in health physics at Texas AM University. Throughout his education and research experience, Mr. Kuzmin has worked on various topics in medical physics, including medical dosimetry, computer phantoms, and Monte Carlo simulations. In REB, he is working under the mentorship of Choonsik Lee, Ph.D, investigator, and is focusing on projects related to organ dose reconstruction of proton therapy patients.
Hyeyeun Lim, Ph.D., M.P.H., joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a postdoctoral fellow in December 2014. Dr. Lim received a B.A. in Health Science from Dongduk Women’s University, South Korea, an M.P.H. in environmental and occupational health science from Emory University (2010), and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Texas, Houston (2014). For her doctoral work, Dr. Lim evaluated the association between maternal exposure to ionizing radiation during the periconceptional period and selected birth defects in offspring using data from National Birth Defects Prevention Study. In REB, she is working under the mentorship of Martha Linet, M.D., M.P.H., senior investigator, and Cari Kitahara, Ph.D., research fellow, on evaluating cancer risks associated with diagnostic procedures in the United States Radiologic Technologists Cohort.
Wayne Liu joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a postbaccalaureate fellow in September of 2014, after receiving his B.A. in public health studies at Johns Hopkins University. Wayne was a previous summer fellow at REB under mentor Dr. Alice Sigurdson, where he examined BRAF and RAS mutations in relation to advanced stage thyroid cancer and thyroid cancer risk from U.S. atomic bomb test fallout. During his time at REB, Wayne works primarily under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth K. Cahoon in examining the role of radiation exposure and risk of skin cancers in the U.S. Radiologic Technologists cohort, as well as ultraviolet radiation and digestive cancers in U.S. veterans.
Diana Merino, Ph.D, joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a postdoctoral fellow in October 2015. In 2009, Dr. Merino received her B.Sc. in honours biology at the University of Waterloo. She earned an M.Sc. in Nutrigenomics in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph, Canada in 2010, and a Ph.D. in cancer genomics through the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto in the Genetics and Genome Biology Training Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in 2015. During her master’s training, working under the mentorship of David Mutch, Ph.D., she identified SNPs associated with distinct plasma fatty acid profiles in different ethnic populations of healthy young adults. For her doctoral dissertation research, Dr. Merino refined the molecular landscape of choroid plexus tumors, a set of rare but lethal pediatric brain tumors tightly associated with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. She conducted integrative microarray, next-generation sequencing, and cross-species genetic analyses to characterize all molecular alterations associated with this type of tumor. Here dissertation work was conducted under the guidance of David Malkin, M.D. In DCEG, Dr. Merino is working with Lindsay Morton, Ph.D., senior investigator, REB, and Sharon Savage, M.D., Chief of the Clinical Genetics Branch, on the genomics of multiple primary tumors. Her work will focus on childhood cancer survivors and individuals with inherited cancer predisposition syndromes, including Li-Fraumeni syndrome.
Arena del Mar Morillo, B.A., joined the Radiation and Epidemiology branch in September of 2015 as a postbaccalaureate fellow. Ms. Morillo earned her B.A. in biology with a concentration in political science from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in May of 2015. She is working with Lindsay Morton, Ph.D., senior investigator, REB, Ruth Kleinerman, M.P.H., Assistant Chief of REB, and Amy Berrington de Gonzalez, Chief of REB, studying the risk factors and patterns of multiple subsequent childhood cancers, particularly in retinoblastoma. Other interests include genetic counseling, a field in which she intends to specialize.
Elizabeth Mosher, B.A., joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a postbaccalaureate fellow in June 2015. She received her B.A. in mathematics at St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2015. Ms. Mosher was an REB high school intern in 2010 and 2011, working with Choonsik Lee, Ph.D., investigator, REB, on proton therapy research. Currently, Ms. Mosher is working with Dr. Lee on an image-based study of individual variability in the volume and dimensions of the heart. This work will be used to more accurately compute the radiation dose to the heart in retrospective epidemiological studies of cancer risk in radiotherapy patients whose CT images are not available.
Kamau O. Peters, Ph.D., M.P.H., joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a postdoctoral fellow in April 2015.He earned his Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Working with Paul T. Strickland, Ph.D., his doctoral research focused on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposures, inflammation, and asthma exacerbation in children and adults with asthma from Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Peters earned an M.P.H. in toxicology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2003. He is currently working with Maureen Hatch, Ph.D., staff scientist, REB, and the Chernobyl Research Unit (CRU) of REB to investigate thyroid disease following exposures to fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.
Anil Prasad Pyakuryal, Ph.D., M.S., joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a visiting fellow in April 2014. Dr. Pyakuryal earned an M.S. in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2002. He received his Ph.D. in physics with a research concentration in radiation oncology physics from the Northwestern Memorial Hospital/University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. His post-doctoral training focused on applying computational phantoms to understand radiation toxicity and secondary cancer after conventional and advanced radiation therapy. Dr. Pyakuryal works under the mentorship of Choonsik Lee, Ph.D., investigator, REB, on projects related to organ dose reconstruction for radiotherapy patients. Their work includes a collaboration with the NIH Clinical Center.
Van Tran, Ph.D., joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) in August 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow. She earned her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Under the mentorship of Dr. Anthony Almudevar, she analyzed gene regulatory networks and proposed an experimental design utilizing a Bayesian framework. Her research interests include graphical networks, measurement error, and longitudinal data analysis. In REB, Dr. Tran is working with Mark Little, D.Phil., senior investigator, REB, Amy Berrington de González, D.Phil., senior investigator and Chief, REB, and Choonsik Lee, Ph.D., investigator, to assess sources of variation in the main parameters determining CT organ dose and to propagate these to uncertainties in cancer risk. She also works with Dr. Peter Inskip, consultant, and Drs. Little and Berrington de González on the analysis of breast cancer in Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) data.
Rachel Zamoiski, Ph.D., joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a postdoctoral fellow in November 2014. Dr. Zamoiski received her Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) in 2014. Her doctoral dissertation work was focused on studying exposures to heavy metals, vitamin D levels, and inflammation. Dr. Zamoiski also has an M.P.H. from the JHSPH (2007) and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (2004). In REB, Dr. Zamoiski is working with Martha Linet, M.D., M.P.H., senior investigator, REB and D. Michal Freedman, J.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., epidemiologist, REB, on cancer risks associated with ultraviolet radiation in the United States Radiologic Technologists Cohort.